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Hennepin County sheriff's peace officer license suspended for 30 days

Hutchinson's license was suspended for 180 days, with 150 days stayed for three years with conditions.

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HENNEPIN COUNTY — Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson's peace officer license will be suspended for 30 days following a decision by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training.

The POST board suspended Hutchinson's license at a meeting held on Sept. 22.

Hutchinson's license was suspended for 180 days, with 150 days stayed for three years with conditions.

The suspension will be served in November.

In December 2021, Hutchinson was driving drunk in a county-owned vehicle, topping 126 mph before rolling it on Interstate 94 near Alexandria, according to a Minnesota State Patrol report.

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The investigative file included video of Hutchinson saying that he'd called a cab and someone else had been driving his SUV at the time of the crash.

Cab companies called by investigators said they received a call from Hutchinson's number earlier asking them to take him to a bar, but the company explained that the bar would be closed by then and the conversation ended. He did not ask anyone to drive his SUV.

Hutchinson pleaded guilty in December to a misdemeanor charge of driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08%. Documents reported his blood alcohol level at 0.13% three hours after the crash. Hutchinson said at the time he had been drinking before the wreck.

He was originally charged with four counts of misdemeanor DWI offenses, including driving under the influence while carrying a firearm. He was sentenced to two years probation and a $610 fine.

He was hospitalized for several days with unspecified injuries. He has since returned to work and said he’s participating in outpatient treatment.

In February Hutchinson announced he would not seek a new term as sheriff in November.

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